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Pretty Things Once Upon a Time, November 22nd, 1838, X Ale

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Mild was a hugely popular style for more than a century (1800-1900s). Here, we have released two mild ales side-by-side.: two beers from opposite ends of that period, brewed by the same brewery. If you drink both, you will drink the same brand from the same brewery separated by 107 years. Over those years, Mild changed considerably: something these beers amply demonstrate. Though bearing the same name, X Ale, in character they could hardly be more dissimilar. The 1830s saw the beginning of a boom in Mild ale brewing, which in 30 years became Englandís favourite beer. This beer, 1838 X Ale is a typical London Mild of the era: bigger and more robustly hopped than modern versions. Brewed from 100% pale malt and Kent hops, this is a straightforward, uncomplicated beer, much like the working classes who first drank it. The colour is also much paler than you might expect. From this original form, Mild was to undergo many transformations, culminating in the second beer in this series, February 22nd, 1945. Drink them side-by-side to compare how this beer style evolved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2012
What a great history and evolution lesson. I hope Pretty Things does more of these. This original or starting point mild tastes like a Belgian single crossed with a British ale and I like it. A bit of funk and hop bite from this yellow/orange hazy hued ale. Thanks to Ron Pattinson and Pretty Things!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1917) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Really liked this-just terrific balance. Dark orange gold with a fading head and some heavy lacing. Full bodied with solid malt core wrapped in some lightly floral and muted citrus hops that turn honeyed as it warms. Sanitation and water quality improvements being what they are though in the last 100 years, I wonder if this is how it really tasted...?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
idedek (157) - USA - JUL 6, 2012
a light sweet nose with hints of roasted malts. an odd smokey and sweet flavor with a medium body. an odd flavor in the finish that I canít quite place. it is obviously been relegated to history for a good reason

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle marked as brewed 2/13/2012. Pours with a murky/hazy, clear pale golden hued body with a large, fluffy white head with good retention and even better lacing. Aromas are of marmalade, earthy, nutty, dry apricot, medium esters. Hop forward, warm toasted malt notes. Clean. Warming, inviting, fresh donuts. Flavors show a medium to full bitterness, citrus glaze, marmalade, lightly earthy, rustic spice notes. Muted tangerine, lingering grassy hops, bitter balance overall. Very nice malt character. A bit doughy and cake like. Very lively bubbles, medium dryness, bitter lingering and lightly warming. Tasty. Grassy bitterness is a bit high. Like both the story and beer for both of the X Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Very interesting beer indeed, it has qualities of an ipa, an imperial pilsner, and a mild. Very nice amd complex malt bill, plenty of hops, some spiciness coming from soemwhere, definitely has some sort of layer yeast it seems like. definitely fun to drink amd am extra point for obscurity that actually tastes good! Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Golden-amber beer with a cream head. Sweet malt and light floral aroma. Sweet malt and light woodsy flavor. Medium bodied. Sweet malt and light woodsiness lingers with light earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
22oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a hazed, brighter golden colored body with a finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a grainy pale malt backing with a decent citrus note from some florals and a light yeasty spice. Flavor is grainy pale malts with a light sweetness, lots of yeasty spice, lemony citruses, dry grass, and some florals. Finishes dry and fairly bitter with some graininess, lots of yeast, and citrus with just a touch of sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool beer. Lots of grainy pale malts and yeast with a nice citrus, grass, and floral backing. Drinks very easily with a nice, dry finish. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Iím a cynical bastard these days when it come to new beers. Pretty much nothing really does much for me these days in the new category. Yes, there are damn good beers hitting the pavement out there, but there is only so much that you can say for amazing flavor. Beer usually tastes like beer. Good beer is good. But a good story is hard to come by, and even harder to find attached to a good beer. X ale delivers a good beer attached to a good story. Itís just crazy to look back on what mild ale was over 150 years ago. It tastes a lot like an IPA, actually. Kent goldings and pale malt will never go out of style. this is there kind of beer that makes you self conscious about your local pale malt. The English have it good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9220) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours blonde with a nice off-white head and a floral banana aroma. There is a slightly bitter pale malt flavor with a sharply bitter finish. Itís interesting to experience a style from over a hundred years ago.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy gold with an off-white head. Aroma is light pitted fruit. Med body. Flavor is light pitted fruit - seems apricot. Itís relatively dry and finishes nicely bitter. Who knew they had such good beer back then.

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